Iowa Quilt Festival

Join us in Winterset June 5-8 for three days of retreat, classes, lectures and other activities before the June 8 Airing of the Quilts!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there’s a retreat at The Livery, which includes breakfast and lunch, and hours of sewing pleasure, with door prizes and a few goodies. Classes include West African Indigo Dye Resist with Lori Triplett, Short Cuts and Design Journal with Pati Fried, and Saving our Treasures and Pumpkin Seed with Mary Kerr.

Enjoy the ambience of the restored Iowa Theater during two lectures on Thursday: Saving Our Treasures by Mary Kerr, and the Pieces of the Prairie Trunk Show by Lori Triplett.

Mary Kerr, from Virginia, whose “Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist” exhibit is on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum, will lead a gallery walk on Wednesday, lecture and teach on Thursday and Friday, and be available Saturday afternoon for book signing at the Museum.

Full schedule and ticket information is found on the IQM website:

Airing of the Quilts

The colorful culmination of the Festival is Saturday, June 8. That is the day to bring quilts out of cupboards and closets, and put them out to air! Visitors to Madison County will see quilts hanging in Cutler-Donahoe and Holliwell Bridges, suspended between pillars on our newly renovated Courthouse, and displayed on beds on the Courthouse porticos. Look for quilts on porches and fences throughout our picturesque community!

There will be quilts in the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, in the Library, the Winterset Art Center, Monumental Park, and in the McBroom Barn north of town on Highway 169. The Des Moines Area Quilters Guild will display quilts at Madison County Winery, and quilts will be shown at Covered Bridges Winery. In addition, the Covered Bridges Quilt Guild will hold its annual quilt show at the Elementary School.

Tickets are available on the IQM website:

Meet Melody Reels

Melody comes to us from the Quilts of Valor Foundation, kitty-cornered across the Square from the Museum, where she was the Corporate Office Administrator. Winterset is the national headquarters for the Foundation, and Melody worked to grow the image of the Foundation in the Winterset community and to develop nationwide membership in the organization.

Prior to the QOV Foundation, Melody managed the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, where she helped welome people from all over the world. She has brought her organizational skills to the IQM, and we are excited that Melody is leading our Museum.

Current Exhibit

Mary Kerr works magic with found quilt tops and blocks, turning what were once languishing in boxes, bags and bunches at estate and garage sales into beautiful works of quilted art. This exhibit features 26 Modern Quilts combing many different vintage textiles with creative quilting by 21 talented modern quilters.

Volunteer at the IQM

Every organization needs volunteers, and we are no exception! Slots are still available for quilt putter-uppers, quit taker-downers and quilt supervisors at the Iowa Quilt Festival. Visit our Signup Genius event to help us out:

We are also always in search of folks willing to spend a few hours a week helping in our gift shop or with other little projects around the museum. Contact us by phone at 515-462-5988 or by emailing Melody at

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